John D. Morley

Professor of Law


John D. Morley is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is one of the United States’ leading experts on the regulation and structure of investment funds, including mutual funds, private equity funds and hedge funds. Morley also writes more broadly about the basic legal building blocks of organization. 

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 2006

B.S., University of Utah, 2003

Courses Taught


  • Business Organizations
  • Securities Regulations
  • Trusts and Estates

John Morley is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is one of the United States’ leading experts on the regulation and structure of investment funds, including mutual funds, private equity funds and hedge funds. Morley also writes more broadly about the basic legal building blocks of organization. His research on organization includes a study of why law firms collapse and a history of the common law trust as a substitute for the corporate form. Morley is also an expert on the law of trusts and estates and serves as the reporter for the Uniform Directed Trust Act. At Yale Law School, Morley has taught classes on business organizations, securities regulation, and trusts and estates.

Morley has deep roots in the western United States. He grew up in northern Nevada, central Utah, and Salt Lake City. He graduated with his B.S. degrees in economics and political science from the University of Utah in 2003 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2006. After graduating from Yale Law School, Morley practiced corporate and securities law in the New York City office of Covington & Burling LLP and taught at the University of Virginia School of Law. Morley is conversant in Korean and is married to Erin Morley, a professional opera singer. Morley and his wife live in New Haven, Connecticut, with their two daughters.